No Power, No Problem for Food Preservation

| 9/14/2017 9:26:00 AM

 Country Moon

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This has been my summer of canning, and I’m loving it. I have been blessed with a bountiful garden; enough for all we want to eat fresh, enough to share with friends, and enough to can and freeze for the coming winter. It is a good feeling to know that we do not have to depend on the grocery store for our survival, not that we wouldn’t miss some of the amenities.

However, these two methods of food preservation (canning and freezing) rely on electric power. Electricity to heat the boiling water for canning and processing and continued power to maintain the freezers. What if something happened to the power supply? What alternatives would we have?

The unstable world environment and the threat of natural disasters could have a very real impact on our food supply. This brings to mind the Donner Party of decades ago. They were pioneers traveling west to California who got trapped in the Sierra Nevada during blizzards and cold temperatures. They slowly starved to death and some even resorted to cannibalism.

True, we don’t live in pioneer times, but those folks who traveled west by wagon trains for months at a time knew some secrets of food preservation without modern conveniences. It’s a sure bet that they didn’t carry heavy canners to preserve food over the open fire or have modern freezers in their covered wagons! However, they did pack enough food to get them through until they established a homestead and could begin growing their own.

12/24/2019 1:13:48 PM

Actually, canning isn't necessarily dependent on electricity; I've seen it ddone boiling water on a charcoal bbq grill or an open wood fire, and of course natural gas or canned LP gas, as used by many RVs and grills are possibilities. And if properly done and well sealed, canned food no longer needs much energy to maintain. Other than that oversight, thank you for this great and informative article. I <3 drying, and learned of several types of preserving that I will look further into!

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